Contrary to popular belief, providing tenants with a safe, livable, and sanitary dwelling is not optional, it’s the law. New York renters, take a moment to review the points below, which are just a portion of the features and guidelines landlords must follow:
In the state of New York, landlords must: install approved smoke detectors in each apartment, within ten feet of each room used for sleeping. The devices must contain have a functioning test feature, so that residents can ensure the devices are functioning.
Carbon monoxide detectors are mandatory and must be placed within fifteen feet of the primary entrance to each sleeping room.
Landlords are required to take basic precautions to protect tenants against reasonable foreseeable crime harm (i.e. if a landlord fails to repair entry way locks and the resident is a victim of crime, that landlord may be accountable).
In NYC, entrances in buildings built or renovated after 1968 must have self closing and self locking doors.
Landlords are also required to provide tenants with heat throughout certain portions of the year, and hot and cold water year round.
Landlords of multiple dwellings must keep apartments and public areas in good repair and clean.
You can view the New York Tenant’s Rights Guide here: https://ag.ny.gov/sites/default/files/pdfs/publications/Tenants_Rights.pdf